Entries have opened for the 2020 BirdLife Australia Photography Awards, which this year have the special theme of Fairy-wrens, Emu-wrens, and Grasswrens.

New categories added to this year’s competition are Backyard Birds and Birds in Flight, which join the traditional categories of Bird Behaviour, Human Impact, Birds in the Landscape, Special Theme, Youth and Portfolio. Nikon Australia and Lake Cowal Foundation are sponsoring the 2020 awards. Each category winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize, with an impressive $5,000 cash going to the portfolio winner. To be eligible for the portfolio prize, entrants must submit at least 6 different photographs as part of a cohesive portfolio. Entrants to all categories are expected to comply with the BirdLife Photography ethics standards.

To help support bird conservation programs, fund the prize pool and offset the running costs, BirdLife Australia is charging modest entry fees. The prices are as follows, and include GST: Open categories (based on total entry numbers): First 5 entries are AUD$8.00 each, Next 7 entries (entries 6-12) AUD$5.00 each and all remaining entries (entries 13-36) AUD$4.00 each. For the Portfolio category, each entry 6-photos entry is charged at AUD$25.00. The Youth category (for those under 18 years of age only) fees are $4 each for the first 5 entries and $2.50 each for the next seven (maximum of 12 entries).

Entries close on 3 August 2020. Click here for full details.